George Russell Reveals Lewis Hamilton’s ‘True Feelings’ on Mercedes Move After British GP Victory

According to Peter Windsor, Lewis Hamilton “didn’t really want” George Russell to be his Mercedes teammate when he signed back in 2022. After Valtteri Bottas moved to Alfa Romeo, Russell took over at the Silver Arrows, where the Finn had been Hamilton’s “best team-mate.”

Furthermore, although the change attracted racing fans from all over Britain at the time, Hamilton was reportedly not very delighted. It wasn’t until their first season together that Russell faltered and Hamilton eventually defeated him in 2023.

Lewis Hamilton Makes “Pure Pace” Contrast Between His and George Russell's  Race Win - The SportsRush

Russell has been leading the seven-time world champion for the majority of the season, but after winning his first race since 2021, he is now only one point behind him. The nine-time winner at Silverstone will mean much more to former F1 team management Windsor, according to his assessment, because of the events of the past several years, particularly Russell’s entrance.

Discussing Hamilton’s victory at the British Grand Prix on his YouTube channel, he stated: “I think this race will be remembered because it was two and a half years since Abu Dhabi 2021.”

“Since everything that happened on that day when that eighth world championship was snatched from Lewis effectively on the last lap due to a mistake made by the race director, and it’s about everything that’s happened in Lewis’s life since then – a teammate that he didn’t really want, George Russell, instead of Valtteri Bottas, and then perhaps even more significantly, a very uncompetitive Mercedes.”

It happened on Sunday during the British Grand Prix, when Hamilton ascended to the top of the Formula 1 podium for the first time in two and a half years. At Silverstone, Hamilton ended a 945-day drought by holding off a late surge from Max Verstappen. Although Russell started the race on pole and Lando Norris led his home race for a spell, it was the 39-year-old Stevenage native who prevailed in the face of tremendous pressure in the race’s closing laps.

George Russell and Lando Norris send messages to Lewis Hamilton after  winning the British GP

As teammates, Hamilton and Russell have generally gotten along well, but tensions have increased this season due to the former’s approaching departure for Ferrari and the latter’s rising prominence in the sport and the Mercedes garage. Just a few weeks previously, Hamilton seemed to imply that Russell was receiving less attention when he unexpectedly disqualified himself from competing against his teammate in qualifying for the remainder of the season.

Russell has reacted, saying Hamilton ‘knows full well’ that they receive equal treatment. Following a challenging couple of years in which Mercedes lagged behind McLaren, Ferrari, and Red Bull, Hamilton’s victory on Sunday comes after Russell’s victory in Austria. These past few weeks have been incredible for Mercedes.

“Since 2021, every day I’m getting up and fighting to train to put my mind to the task and work as hard as I can with this amazing team,” Hamilton said after winning the British Grand Prix. My time competing for this team in the British Grand Prix is coming to an end.

“I love and appreciate them so much that I really wanted to win this for them.” Their years of hard labor have paid off. I will always be appreciative of Mercedes and all of our partners. And to all of our amazing followers. You were visible to me, lap by lap. There’s no better feeling than crossing the finish line first.”

“It’s true that there have been days between 2021 and now when I didn’t feel like I was good enough or that I would return to where I am now,” he continued. The crucial aspect is that I was surrounded by wonderful individuals who were always there to encourage me. Every time I showed up and witnessed my staff working hard, it truly inspired me to follow suit.

“On the other hand, my fans have always been extremely encouraging when I meet them around the globe. Thus, a huge, huge thank you to all of you.”

Next year, Hamilton leaves Mercedes following an 11-year tenure to drive for Ferrari.